- not strong; unhealthy; ailing.
- of, connected with, or arising from ill health: a sickly complexion.
- marked by the prevalence of ill health, as a region: the epidemic left the town sickly.
- causing sickness.
- maudlin and insipid; mawkish: sickly sentimentality.
- faint or feeble, as light or color.
- in a sick or sickly manner.
- to cover with a sickly hue.
Origin of sickly
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1. frail, weak, puny, sick, feeble, infirm.
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Examples from the Web for sicklied
His mind is not sicklied over with the pale cast of thought.Marching Men
Ruddy and vigorous, he is not sicklied o'er with any pale cast whatever.Behind the Mirrors
Clinton W. Gilbert
Yet the cast of European thought would surely have been sicklied over with oriental contemplativeness.The Ifs of History
Joseph Edgar Chamberlin
Goodman wrote that the fatal delay had "sicklied over the bloom" of Jones's original enthusiasm.Mark Twain, A Biography, 1835-1910, Complete
Albert Bigelow Paine
Perhaps not; but the rejoinder that almost all, if not all, M. Rod's books are "sicklied o'er" in this way is rather fatal.A History of the French Novel, Vol. 2
- disposed to frequent ailments; not healthy; weak
- of, relating to, or caused by sickness
- (of a smell, taste, etc) causing revulsion or nausea
- (of light or colour) faint or feeble
- mawkish; insipidsickly affectation
- in a sick or sickly manner
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Word Origin and History for sicklied
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